Southbank International School-Westminster

London - W and NW

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 185 (Boys) 179 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1979

General Information

Southbank International School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for 3-18 year olds with campuses in Hampstead, Kensington and Westminster in Central London. It was the first school in the UK to be authorised to offer all three IB programmes – the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. The school has led the way in providing an internationally focussed world class education for 30 years.


Southbank is a school whose quality and identity rest on its commitment to the IB and the promotion of internationalism. With over seventy nationalities on our roll, we live and breathe the spirit of internationalism, as reflected in our three programmes of study and the many activities outside the classroom. Southbank uses London as our classroom, taking full advantage of the city’s cultural riches, giving our students access to educational enrichment that is perhaps unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

Southbank takes seriously the IB goals of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate and active citizenry. Southbank students engage in the local community and undertake a wide variety of charity work for causes in the UK and abroad. Every year we recognise a student or group of students whose activities have demonstrated a genuine sense of service to others. The school has a strong extracurricular programme that reflects its commitment to holistic education and the development of students’ potential in its widest sense. Music, sport, and drama – among other activities – contribute to a rich diet of opportunities.

Middle Years Programme (11-16 years old):- Based at our Westminster campus on Portland Place, W1B 1QR, the Middle Years Programme shares the PYP’s commitment to learning through inquiry and continues to develop attributes of the IB learner profile. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. At Southbank, we foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement – essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders.

Southbank Westminster is conveniently located near Regent’s Park with good transportation links nearby. Facilities at Westminster include five science labs, a computer lab, a hall/theatre, cafeteria, art and music rooms, and two libraries served by networked computers.

Diploma Programme (16-18 years old):- Based at 17 Conway Street site, W1T 6BN and our new Cleveland Street site, NW1 3AU (due to open September 2018), the Diploma Programme encourages students to ask challenging questions, develop a strong sense of their own identity and culture, and develop the ability to communicate with and understand people from other countries and cultures. It prepares students for the next stage in their education and the qualification is widely-recognised by the world’s leading universities.

Facilities at Conway Street include a science lab, library resource centre, art studio, social space/hall and language suite across four stories. Southbank also have two dedicated university counsellors (one specialising in North American universities and one specialising in the UK). Both counsellors are available for individual appointments and events are organised to inform parents about university planning.

Facilities at Cleveland Street will include 5 floors of classrooms, common space and study and learning pods designed to the highest specifications.

We pride ourselves on our academic and teaching excellence, as testified by the 2017 IB Diploma results with an outstanding 100% pass rate and an average diploma score of 36, above the global pass rate of 30. 15% of our students achieved 42 points or above which put them in the top 3% of students worldwide. 25% of our students scored 40+ points and 3 students gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide. These outstanding results allowed the vast majority of students to gain admission to top universities in the UK, North America and other parts of the world.

Entrance Requirements

Admission is based on previous school records and satisfactory references, as well as suitability of the candidate for the curriculum offered.

Open Days

2020. All visits are welcome, please contact the school.


2019/2020. Per term.

Grades 6-10 (Middle Years programme) (11-16 years old): £9,700

Grades 11-12 (Diploma Programme) (16 – 18 years old): £10,560


Ofsted Inspection 2017
SIS Inspection 2013

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Principal - Dr Paul Wood

Southbank International School-Westminster
63-65 Portland Place
London - W and NW

[t]: 020 7243 3803

Location Description

Our Westminster campus includes three separate and impressive buildings near Regents Park.

Pupils aged 11-16 years are based at 63-65 Portland Place, W1B 1QR, for the IB Middle Years Diploma Programme and pupils aged 16-18 years are based at 17, Conway Street, W1T 6BN and 379-381 Euston Rd, Fitzrovia, London NW1 3AU for the IB Diploma Programme..

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School News

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We are exceptionally proud of one of our Grade 10 students, Arabella Greve, for her Personal Project.

The Personal Project is a culmination of the skills

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learned throughout the MYP where students are able to explore in great detail a particular topic of interest to them.

Arabella’s Personal Project involved her writing a book entitled ‘Search for the Hero Inside your Cells’ encouraging young people to join the stem cell register to potentially save lives. ‘Giving to Help Others’ is a charity run by Team Margot in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant. The charity provides educational resources for schools about the need for blood, stem cell, and organ donors. Not only was Arabella’s Personal Project a truly inspiring one, but her book has been requested for use as a digital download in UK schools for students moving into secondary school.

We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work put in by Arabella and the marvellous outcome she has achieved. Well done Arabella! Truly making a difference!

London, UK, Southbank International School is pleased to announce their superb IB Diploma results for their class of 2019.

Here is a summary of the IBDP

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results for our class of 2019:

  • Of the 62 diploma students, 61 passed, with 29% achieving bilingual diplomas
  • The average Diploma score was 36.2 (world average for 2018 29.76)
  • 26% achieved 40% or higher, putting them in the top 3% of students worldwide

Southbank are extremely proud of the grades achieved, which mark another set of outstanding results for Southbank students, who consistently achieve excellent grades year on year.  This year saw the highest number of students in Southbank’s history taking and passing the IB Diploma.

26% of students earned an IBDP score of 40 or more which puts them in the top 3% of IB students worldwide, an outstanding achievement.  29% received a bilingual IB diploma, which reflects the school’s Mission to “provide opportunities for students to study other languages, as well as their own, and to become good communicators” and will serve them well as they continue their education at excellent universities around the world.

These results have helped Southbank students receive university placements in some of the world’s most prestigious universities.  These include UCL, Imperial, LSE, Warwick, Cambridge, Harvard, Brown, Bristol, Bath and Manchester. This is testament to the support given to students by Southbank’s Higher Education and Careers team and shows how university admissions teams value the IB Diploma and Southbank students especially.


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The use of technology in classrooms is not new. For many years, teachers have had access to computers, tablets, and interactive displays. However, in many

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cases, these devices are used to replicate tasks previously completed without any modern technology. Smartboards replaced whiteboards, word processing replaced the notebook, and lesson planning moved to a digital form.

Researchers have defined this use of technology as being a substitution for previous use cases. There was no functional change from what previous technologies offered. Evidence has shown that in order for technology to be truly transformative, it should modify the task design and allow for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

At Southbank International School, our Hampstead campus was recently recognised as an Apple Distinguished School for our innovative use of technology to transform teaching, learning, and the school environment. Our Apple Distinguished School story outlines how teachers and students are taking advantage of technology to redefine the learning experience.

Transforming learning

In physical education, learners use a combination of software and hardware to record their tennis serves or gymnastics routines. They are able to compare themselves against a teacher example and analyse how they can improve their performance.

Digital Learning is able to have a transformative effect on the way that teachers provide equitable access to learning materials for all students. Our language learners take advantage of built-in accessibility features of iPad to access the curriculum. By using dictation and voice tools, learners can practice pronunciation of vocabulary words. Through Siri, learners can quickly get a translation to another language.

Technology gives all children the power to be creators. They are able to create products and share their learning in ways previously unimaginable. During an inquiry into migration, Spanish mother-tongue students research famous explorers. They wrote and directed a short stop-motion movie to highlight the impact of the explorers.

When working on shared projects, learners use technology as they share responsibility and make decisions. Using AirDrop, groups can quickly share files between devices. Using collaboration tools on Google Docs and Pages, learners can easily collaborate on the same document in real-time. Throughout the Exhibition, the cultivating project of the PYP, learners work together on a project of interest. Shared documents give them ubiquitous access to their files as they collaborate from home and at school.

Assessment and feedback

Every child at Southbank uses Seesaw to collate a digital learning portfolio. Through their Seesaw journal, learners and teachers can add examples of work using a variety of formats, including photos of work from notebooks, photos, videos, and screen and voice recordings. Each child’s journal follows them throughout the school and provides an authentic view of their progress over time. The ability to connect family members to a Seesaw portfolio allows parents to have a window to their child’s learning.

Seesaw also allows teachers to give timely feedback to students to share what they have done well in a piece of work and how it could be improved. This feedback can be given as a text comment or as a voice note. Our learners have identified that voice comments are a more effective and personal way of receiving feedback on their work.

In addition to receiving feedback on their work, Seesaw allows students to become more reflective learners and encourages them to reflect. Students develop metacognition by reflecting on their learning process and identifying what went well in their work and how they could improve it. Peers are also able to see each other’s work and can easily peer-assess their classmates’ work.

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It has been an exciting start of term for Southbank with the formal opening of our new Cleveland Street campus for our Westminster students last

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Founding Principal Milton Toubkin was invited to officially open the site, and he shared his memories of the start of the school 39 years ago and took guests on a historical walk through Southbank’s evolution. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the school’s beginnings and marvel at the strength of vision and ethos which, whilst adapting as the school has grown, still underpins Southbank today.

We are already looking forward to our 40th birthday next year.  What a way to celebrate our 39th year with such an impressive new building, designed with the creative input from our Southbank community of staff and students.  IB diploma students eloquently led visitor tours of the building and their pride in the design was evident.  It’s been a great start to the year!

We are delighted to share a summary of the IBDP results for our Class of 2018:

100% IBDP pass rate, including 35% bilingual diplomas.

Our highest ever

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average IBDP score of 37.6

Three students with 45 points (maximum possible)

We are extremely proud of our Class of 2018! Their hard work and dedication clearly paid off, with all of them earning the full IB Diploma. This is the second year in a row our students have achieved a 100% pass rate, which is especially pleasing given that we have no internal “selection process” for our IBDP so all of our students take on its academic challenge.  Furthermore, our Class of 2018 has achieved the best results in our school’s near 40-year history, with an average of 37.6 points. Full credit must go to the students for their diligent and well-rounded approach, and to our teachers for their work in educating and inspiring our students.

70% of the students’ 306 individual subject grades were 6 or above (7 is the maximum), and 94% of grades were 5 or above. A maximum of 3 diploma points are awarded for the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge course, and this year’s average of 1.9 was the best we have seen in recent years.

35% of our students earned an IBDP score of 40 or more (compared to the usual worldwide average of 29 points) with three students achieving the maximum of 45 points, a score attained by fewer than 0.2% of students worldwide! 35% received a bilingual IB diploma, which is a great reflection of our school’s Mission to “provide opportunities for students to study other languages, as well as their own, and to become good communicators” and which will serve them well as they continue their education at excellent universities around the world.

We are also proud of the high degree of accuracy of our 2018 internally-assessed components for all courses, which is testament to our teachers’ high level of professional understanding of their courses and of their students.

Well done to each and every one of our recent graduates!  We will miss them and think of them often, and we wish them the best for what lies ahead.

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With the expansion of our Westminster campus we have the wonderful opportunity of being able to offer more Diploma Programme course options for Southbank students. 

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With the addition of our new and very exciting courses in Global Politics, Sports Exercise and Health Science and Design Technology, we’re really looking forward to being able to broaden the horizons of our students even further.

A full list of what will be on offer for our Diploma students as of the 2018-19 Academic Year is shown below.

Group 1 – Language and Literature

(Offered in English, French, Spanish. Other languages offered at an additional cost)

Language A: Literature

Language A: Language & Literature


Group 2 – Language Acquisition

Language B: English

Language B: French

Language B: Spanish

Other Languages (at an additional cost)


Group 3 – Individuals and Societies


Business & Management (Online)



Psychology (Online)

Global Politics


Group 4 – Sciences



Environmental Systems and Societies (SL only) (Interdisciplinary)


Sports Exercise and Health Science (SL only)

Design Technology (SL only)


Group 5 – Mathematics

Studies (SL only)

Standard Level (SL only)

Higher Level (HL only)

Further Mathematics (HL only)


Group 6 – The Arts




Visual Arts

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The refit of our new Cleveland Street building has commenced. It is a very exciting project, with 5 floors of classrooms, common space, and study

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and learning pods designed to the highest specifications. Consultation about the design with both staff and students highlighted that they wanted flexibility, a sense of calm and the chance to bring nature inside.  We have since signed off approval for an immense range of products and fittings, from clocks, to living moss walls, art, flooring, paint and wallpaper.

The building will host a brand new art room, a large common room on the top floor and we are in the final stages of seeing if it is possible to fit a design technology lab in the basement. Both the Portland Place and Conway Street sites will be tidied up and developed, with extra science labs being built. We are also converting the bottom floor of Conway Street into a bespoke classroom and gym, with students and staff able to use the gym equipment.

We are very excited at what lies ahead and look forward to creating a wonderful new learning environment for our students.

Southbank Diploma Programme graduates in 2017 received offers for universities around the world including: Barnard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, Imperial College London,

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London School of Economics, Political Science, New York University, Princeton University, SciencesPo, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, University College London and the University of Toronto.

59 students took IB Diploma examinations this year with an outstanding 100% pass rate.

Students achieved an average score of 36.1 above the global pass rate of 30.

17% of our students achieved 42 points or above which puts them in the top 3% of students worldwide.

25% of our students scored 40+ points, 3 students gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide.

Southbank is also extremely proud to announce that 1 student gained a remarkable 45 points

We pride ourselves on our academic and teaching excellence, as testified by the 2017 IB Diploma results with an outstanding 100% pass rate and an

view more

average diploma score of 36, above the global pass rate of 30. 15% of our students achieved 42 points or above which put them in the top 3% of students worldwide. 25% of our students scored 40+ points and 3 students gained 44 points, a feat achieved by only 0.6% of students worldwide. These outstanding results allowed the vast majority of students to gain admission to top universities in the UK, North America and other parts of the world.

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